Global Partners was created in 2008 to improve health and well-being of the global communities we serve by inspiring volunteerism throughout Gundersen Health System and local communities. In doing so, this global health model will improve the overall health of the region, education of the citizens and quality of life for people in our partner communities.
Global Partners-Nicaragua aims to improve the overall health & education of the people and their communities in the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua. The Global Partners-Nicaragua program promotes education and collaborates with Nicaraguan medical providers to improve access to vital healthcare. The program supports changes that are seen as valuable by the citizens of the region and can be sustained by their own efforts.
Why Nicaragua? Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, second only to Haiti. Most of the country is mountainous and rural, making it difficult for people to access needed services and opportunities. The state of Wisconsin and the Coulee Region in particular enjoy a long history of partnerships with Nicaragua, making it a natural fit for Global Partners.
Where is Global Partners-Nicaragua working? Global Partners-Nicaragua collaborates extensively with Nicaraguan healthcare centers and community development organizations in the Matagalpa Region. Our partners include:
- Fara Clinic, a clinic operated by Fara Foundation in downtown Matagalpa. Fara Clinic provides services virtually free ($1.25 for any visit) so that Matagalpans are able to afford the care they may otherwise not receive.
- Rainbow Network, a non-governmental organization (NGO) working in over 100 rural Nicaraguan communities to end extreme poverty. Through Rainbow Network, Global Partners has developed a partnership with Santa Celia, a poor, rural village on a coffee plantation in the mountainous region of Matagalpa.
- Infacia Sin Fronteras, a Spain-based NGO working in the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua to provide nutrition, education and medical services.
- Matagalpa Regional Hospital, a 300 bed hospital serving an area with more than 500,000 individuals, with a limited number of services available.
Check out our healthcare, education and community development tabs to find out more information about our volunteer work.